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The Barnes Foundation

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Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3602
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The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of nineteenth-...

The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French painting in the world. An extraordinary number of masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne and Matisse provide a depth of work by these artists that is unavailable elsewhere. Established as an educational institution, the Barnes carries out its mission teaching classes in its galleries and Arboretum.

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Loved this museum inside and out

Give this place some time. Unexpected collection. I almost did not go, and was so very glad that I did. I can't wait to make it back. It was beautifully displayed. Very... read more

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Give this place some time. Unexpected collection. I almost did not go, and was so very glad that I did. I can't wait to make it back. It was beautifully displayed. Very different and interesting.

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Columbia, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I saw the collection in its original location, and was skeptical when I saw this blocky 1970s style clump of a bldg -- needlessly. This museum has retained the look and feel of the original Barnes inside, with paintings stacked 3, 4 high. Takes a while to process this; modern viewers are used to absorbing one artwork at a time.... More 

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you love Impressionism and know anything about Dr.Albert Barnes you will appreciate the new museum. He would be dismayed that his collection left Merion, Pa for Philadelphia, Pa. but now more can view it and appreciate it. The paintings are organized along with his collection of ironwork and furniture.The works are just so beautiful that you can not help... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

New building, same, even more, of the amazing Barnes collection. I had seen it out in Merion on a hot summer day, and it was hot & crowded. This new, modern space is very zen-like, pools and trees indoors & out but within the walls. Lots of places to sit and a delicious cafe downstairs with fresh salads, and this... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There is a wide mix of paintings and sculpture in the museum, but there is a lot from Renoir (and Cézanne). There are booklets in each room that list all the artists and dates for each object. I was a little surprised at how many had been changed based on continuing research, which was kind of cool to see. I... More 

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Plano, Texas
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Spent a wonderful afternoon with this collection. Gorgeous building. The vast number and unbelievable variety of pieces collected by one man is mind boggling. Be sure to catch the 10 minute overview of Barnes and then do some additional reading about this rags to beyond riches story, the litigation that embroiled the city about where and how to display this... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Everything was perfect. I'm now in love with Renoir. I ate at the restaurant. I'm not a big salad fan, but they had 6, of which I got to select 2. They were perfect, as was the salmon. Raspberry tart was also tasty and large enough for two.

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Stamford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was awesome to see so many paintings by the famous masters all together in one place. It is amazing to think that this collections belonged to one person.

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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of the most fantastic collections of post-impressionist art - beautifully curated, arranged and organized. Take the docent tour and then go back and visit every room. Wow!

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my ONLY negative comment would be that you cant always just show up. they have to keep the population of visitors below a certain number, so sometimes you arrive and you arent allowed in. BUT you can solve this by calling ahead, or making a reservation/buying tickets. Once inside its a lovely collection of painting and iron works etc from... More 

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